Better Hearing Month

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, which makes this month the ideal time to think about your hearing.

With more than 48 million people suffering from hearing loss, it is one of the most common health problems in the U.S. While hearing loss can be caused by a number of different items, here are some of the most common causes:

Summer Ear Protection

Listening to music with the windows down and the music blaring just feels like summer. Attending concerts, watching fireworks, or going to an outdoor sporting event are favorite pastimes that you probably have on your summer agenda. But no matter what your age, protecting your hearing during summer activities is essential.

You may associate hearing loss with old age, and you’d probably be right—until now. About 1 in 20 adolescents in the US have hearing loss. But young people simply don’t consider that it could happen to them.

Hearing loss is caused by being around high volume noise over extended periods. It’s described like waves of noise hitting a shore, beating over time, crushing the hair fibers inside the ear. The larger issue is that when noise-induced hearing loss occurs, it is often too late, irreversible and, if a significant loss, can be life-altering.

Oticon Opn

Join us April 13th for our next Oticon Hearing Event. During these events, the team at Manatee Ear Center partners with an Oticon specialist to demonstrate the newest technology and educate and assist with common hearing loss concerns.

Processing hearing and speech is a cerebral practice – it happens in the brain. Hearing loss is a sound processing insufficiency that impacts an individual’s capacity for retention and recollection.

Oticon takes a “BrainHearing” approach to the development of hearing aid technology and devices that process and interpret sounds and speech the same way the brain does. In clinical testing, the latest “BrainHearing” device, the Oticon Opn, improved cognition by 30% and retention by 20%.

“How the Oticon Opn operates is pretty phenomenal,” explained Denise Parrish, Manatee Ear Center Au.D, “it scans the environment rapidly and precisely to differentiate between speech and noise. This process allows for the user to not have to work as hard understanding speech, allowing them more mental energy.”

March Madness Hearing LossMarch Madness is upon us and that means it is time to root on your favorite college basketball teams. For many, this is a great opportunity to attend multiple basketball games in person and enjoy the atmosphere of cheering, yelling and music that takes place during each game.

The downside is that all that loud noise can lead to hearing loss.

Experts say that exposure to noise levels of 80-90 decimals for eight hours can lead to serious damage in the inner ear. Most sports arenas can easily reach this noise level during a game, especially when an exciting play takes place that gets the fans cheering their loudest.

Manatee Orlando AHAA Convention

Manatee Ear Center took the team across state to Orlando, Florida for the 2017 AHAA Convention.

The conference is held for hearing care professionals to learn about recent developments in the hearing health industry. Over a four-day span, we gathered a better understanding of the issues in the industry and how to better serve our patients.

From learning about optimizing patient care, improving practice efficiency and making the offices more appealing to patients, we returned with valuable insight to exceed and enhance the experience for our patients.